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My wife and I are going on a trip to Bruges, Belgium in the next couple of weeks. She’s never been, so I’m excited to show her around! Here are some of my favourite things to do while visiting this amazing city.

What To Do In Bruges

Brussels, Belgium. Church of Our Lady of Laeken
Brussels, Belgium. Church of Our Lady of Laeken

Bruges is a great city to visit if you’re looking for an authentic Belgian experience. There are several attractions and landmarks that are worth seeing while you’re in town, including:

  • The Groeninge Museum – This museum houses a collection of paintings and sculptures from various Flemish masters throughout history. It also features a small brewery where you can sample local beers from the surrounding countryside.
  • The Belfry Tower – This tower was built in 1380 and is still operational today as a bell tower for the city’s churches, making it one of the oldest functioning bell towers in Europe. With its steeple reaching almost 200 feet high, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers spectacular views of Bruges’ historic centre below!
  • Church of Our Lady – Built between 1220-1230 on top of an older church dating back as far as 809 AD., this basilica remains one of Belgium’s most famous landmarks because of its beautiful stained glass windows depicting scenes from biblical stories such as Adam & Eve eating fruit from the forbidden tree (Genesis 3:3), Noah building ark after the flood receded earth’s surface along with all living creatures who survived drowning waters (Genesis 7:17-21); Jonah inside whale while sailors threw overboard into sea where they found it swallowed whole person whose fate unknown until now when Captain Ahab finds out what happened during stormy voyage by asking crew members; Moses parting Red Sea so Israelites could escape Pharaoh’s army chasing them across desert land before mounting attack against Egyptian forces at Sea Gate near Gaza City.”

What to Eat in Bruges

Gouda, Gorgonzola Morbier Cheese
Gouda, Gorgonzola Morbier Cheese

This is a good place to start.

  • Gouda cheese: This uniquely Dutch cheese is made by slowly pressing whole cow’s milk for over three months, resulting in a smooth, slightly sweet flavour and aroma. It also is a great snack on its own or with bread, which you can get at many bistros throughout the city (though we prefer [restaurant name]).
  • Belgian waffles: Waffles have been around since medieval times—and if you go by their origin story, monks who wanted something tasty for breakfast after long fasting periods invented them. The modern Belgian version uses sugar instead of honey syrup and egg whites instead of yolks; it’s served warm from street carts like these or as ice cream inside your cone at [ice cream parlour].
  • Chocolate: You need a little more than this one word to explain why chocolate is so popular here! But don’t just lurk around shops selling truffles; head out into town early in the morning with some friends and visit one of Bruges’ many famous chocolate factories on tour ([name]). They’ll give you an introduction to how each type is made before letting everyone samples different types while they’re still hot off the presses—an experience that has now become part of our family tradition every time we visit Bruges together!

Where to Stay in Bruges

There are a number of hotels in Bruges which cater to all kinds of travellers. Here are some recommendations:

  • The Grove Hotel, near the main train station, is an excellent choice for business travellers and groups. It’s got all the amenities you’d expect from a five-star hotel, plus free wifi throughout the property. I stayed here myself last year when I was in Bruges on business—the food was great, and their spa facility is nothing short of amazing!
  • If you’re looking for something more intimate than the Grove Hotel but still want to get away from it all after a long day exploring Bruges’ historic sites, check out my favourite: Hotel Vlaamse Leeuw (aka “The Flemish Lion”). Located right next door to Groot Begijnhof en St.-Amandsberg churchyard in one direction and within walking distance of De Halve Maan brewery/bistro in another direction, this place has everything you could need or want during your stay—and its restaurant serves up some truly authentic Belgian cuisine that would make even the most jaded gourmand fall head over heels!

These are some of the best places and most fun things to see and do on your trip to Bruges, Belgium.

I’ve created a list of some of the best places and most fun things to see and do on your trip to Bruges, Belgium.

Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and a must-visit location for anyone travelling through Belgium. It offers stunning architecture, historic sites, delicious food, and plenty more activities that will keep you busy all day long!


I hope this guide has helped you plan your trip to Bruges. It’s a beautiful city that we have enjoyed visiting many times. If you have questions, leave them in the comments below!